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Nation’s largest retail trade group: holiday sales rose 4.1%

The National Retail Federation had expected growth in a range of 3.8% to 4.2% for the November and December period. The growth is nearly double the 2.1% growth seen during …

Tips to make the best of post-holiday shopping

Shoppers can take advantage of fatter discounts on clothing, home decor and other items after Christmas and well into January.

Amazon says holiday shopping broke records this year Inc. said its holiday season this year was “record breaking” with billions of items shipped and “tens of millions” of Amazon devices like the Echo Dot sold.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Amazon bans sellers from using FedEx for some deliveries

Amazon is banning its third-party merchants from using FedEx’s ground service to deliver to Prime members, suggesting it thinks the service is too slow to get packages to their destinations …

Six common holiday gifts that experts say to avoid – and what to give instead

Gifting a scent is a kind, intimate move, but “the margin for error is wide,” Ourisman said, because of how personal they are. Ourisman and Brocznek advise against this route …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Season’s greetings at Sears: Dingy shops, sparse shelves

Nearly 10 months out of bankruptcy, Sears is limping into the holiday shopping season.

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019

Washington, D.C., approves emergency measure renaming holiday ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’

City lawmakers have been trying for five years to rename the holiday. They succeeded last week, passing an emergency measure that brings Washington, D.C., in line with several other cities …

National Retail Federation forecasts solid holiday growth

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with …

UPS plans to hold holiday hiring steady at about 100,000

DALLAS – UPS said Monday it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers and pay them more to handle the avalanche of packages shipped between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s about …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019

Labor Day crowd takes in Spokane symphony, last rays of summer at Comstock Park concert

Since 1986, visitors have marked the unofficial end of summer in the South Hill’s Comstock Park with a free performance by the Spokane Symphony. Beautiful weather brought a crowd at …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019

Spokane police urge public not to drink and drive after several dangerous crashes over Labor Day weekend

One crash involved a 23-foot pontoon boat being towed by a truck near Spokane Community College, police reported.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019

JC Penney closes more stores after a weak holiday season

J.C. Penney is closing more stores following weak holiday sales season for the retailer.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019

King holiday draws out Democratic presidential hopefuls

As Americans commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls are fanning out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Lewiston family finds man inside their home in armed Christmas burglary

A man is accused of spoiling a Lewiston family’s holiday plans after allegedly burglarizing their home Christmas day and attacking them with a wooden lamp when confronted.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Early holiday shopping numbers on track to break season records

On Wednesday, MasterCard SpendingPulse – which tracks retail spending trends – said holiday sales had seen the strongest growth in the past six years, surging 5.1 percent to more than …

Santa Claus continues decades-old tradition of visits to Spokane malls

The technology and requests may be different than they were at the old Crescent or Bon Marche department stores, but children still line up every year to bend the ear …

Holiday travel numbers expected to hit a record high; snow possible in low-lying areas of Eastern Washington

The trade group AAA estimates a 4.4 percent increase in holiday travel nationwide this year compared to 2017, and weather conditions are expected to be wet and potentially snowy in …

Less waste, more cheer: How to rein in holiday excess

According to the Environment Protection Agency, 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. Holiday excess isn’t limited to plastic toys and plastic wrap, though. Every …

Ammi Midstokke: The importance of tradition regardless of discomfort

As the holiday season is upon us, many of us are forced to take part in and reflect upon family traditions. The word “tradition” somehow supersedes any logical relevance, joy, …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018

After decades in storage, animatronic Christmas displays reemerge at the Davenport Grand Hotel

Vintage animatronic Christmas displays came to life Friday at the Davenport Grand Hotel.

Retail group says holiday season off to a strong start

The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that consumer spending has been strong, fueled by a better economy and stores’ investments in online services including features that allow shoppers to buy …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Holiday sales expected to grow in a strong economy

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, says it expects sales in November and December to rise between 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent to $717.45 billion to …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018

While Kroger results disappoint, Target announces plan to hire 20 percent more for holidays

Kroger Co.’s shares fell after the supermarket chain missed analysts’ sales estimates and margins continued to narrow in the company’s fiscal second quarter.

Wayfair follows Amazon with its own made-up holiday: Way Day

Amazon started Prime Day. Alibaba capitalized on Singles Day. Now another e-commerce company is hoping for success with an invented shopping holiday.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Sears raises $100 million in new financing, weighs $200M in cost cuts

Sears has secured more financing, and is considering more cost cutting, as the beleaguered retailer reported a big sales drop during the critical holiday season.

Collecting Christmas: Nuts for nutcrackers and more

From Santas to snowmen, from penguins to polar bears, the holidays offer an opportunity for avid collectors to add to their stash.

Rob Curley: Holiday bell brings a front-line view of the caring and kindness in our community

You learn a lot about people when you stand outside on a cold day, ringing a bell in front of a red kettle.

FedEx says record number of holiday deliveries are on track

A record number of holiday packages are on track to arrive this year, and the package delivery companies appear to be handling the load well.

Finding the perfect gift takes patience, observation and care

I am a gift giver. A true gift giver. I show love by thinking of and giving what I hope is the perfect gift. My husband reprimanded me because I …

Elf on the Shelf: For lazy/busy/exhausted parents, precious memories are too darn costly

More than 11 million Elf on the Shelf kits have been sold around the world since the concept launched in 2005, inspiring great creativity in some parents and sheer exhaustion …